My first brevet in USA – Urbana 200K

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After few years living in the US going back to randonneuring was on my list .I was physically ready . I have done all rides from the  SR Series in Bulgaria, but it has been almost 10 years. I knew what to expect and I was mentally ready. The only thing is – no bicycle.

Scott Speedster s30

Training was hard in the winter  before my first brevet. I joined DC Randonneurs – the closest bike club, organizing brevets in the DC metro area. My goal was to ride as many brevets as I can. We did the Urbana 200K and started from the Waffle house in Urbana ,MD.

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Because it is one of the shortest distances, many riders showed up. We were on the road at 7 am and it was still dark .


My goal for this ride was 10 hours with a time limit being 13.5 hours. 10 miles after the start we joined another group as we were moving way too slow.


At mile 64 , just around noon, in the middle of the ride, we were in State Line PA. The control was at Earls`s Market


We grabbed a snack & filled our water bottles. The temperature was rising fast.

The highest point on the ride I believe was Catoctun Mountain Park in Thurmont, MD.

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It felt good on the way back to Urbana & we kept a nice pace. Our group was helping one another with drafting , because we experienced some strong head winds along the way. Looking at my time, I was now shooting for my first 200km under 10 hours. I ended up with 9 hours 59 minutes. Goal accomplished..


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